After a busy start to 2013, I've finally had the chance to pursue my new year's resolution of learning to Nordic ski. I admit it's not something that I've wanted to try for that long but since arriving at Sun Peaks I've heard so much about it and its popularity intrigued me.
I decided to take the Introduction to Nordic Skiing program as the package has beginners like me covered with a 2 hour lesson, rentals and a lift pass. I did some research and spoke with some Nordic skiers about which technique to go with and in the end I opted for classic over skate. The guys at Elevation decked me out with the gear and the first think I noticed was the equipment - the boots are so comfortable and the skis are so light!
We spent the first hour of the lesson learning the basics and doing exercises to help us get familiar with the technique. I was a little disheartened at the beginning and forgot how learning something new can test your patience! Our instructor Christian was fantastic and helped us each individually until we felt comfortable with what we needed to do. After the first hour, it all started to come together and I began to really enjoy it.
The best thing about Nordic skiing is that it's great cardio exercise and a total body workout. I also like that it's quite social and relaxed - you can go with a friend and ski together at the same pace. It's also an ideal way to explore the mountains and check out some of the stunning scenery that we have around here. I've already made plans to do the Holy Cow trail over the weekend and I'm attending the Full Moon Nordic Ski and Chocolate fondue event at the end of the month. While alpine skiing will always be my number 1, I like that I can now mix things up and some variety when it comes to winter sports.
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